Category Archives: State of Oregon

Platform Convention Reflections (Part 1)

Democratic Party of Oregon’s annual Platform Convention in March brought more than 500 active Democrats to Salem. The largest delegation was from Clackamas County, our state’s third largest county.

What happens under the “big tent” when you are in a minority and majority rules governs the outcome?

What happens when there are no structures for the minority to have their voice seriously considered, whether that minority is on the left or the right?

Jobs versus the environment has been a major conflict within our Democratic Party since before the Spotted Owl. This conflict has traditionally divided union workers from urban environmentalists. It has divided rural communities from urban financial centers. Those divides were well represented at the Platform Convention. Continue reading

Labor Caucus Party Unity Forum

The DPO is hosting a program to increase awareness on the history and basics of the Labor Movement and union structure for all who want to more fully understand how and why unions are important to us all. Additional topics will include:

 

  • Apprenticeships
  • BOLI Commissioner’s Job
  • Labor Candidate School
  • Diversity and Equity

When: Saturday, April 7, 9am – 1pm
Where: IBEW 48
15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

For details of the program, see the poster here.

Reflections on Being a Woman, a Minority, a Legislator from Rep. Andrea Salinas

By Diane Jukofsky, Beaver Creek

Members of the Oregon State Legislature, which convened for a short session on February 5, make up one of the most diverse and female-dominant body ever to convene in Salem. In addition, an unusual number of legislators — seven in total — are new, having been appointed to vacated seats. One legislator who fits all these categories is District 38 Representative Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, who was appointed to the seat formerly held by Ann Lininger, named a Clackamas County judge.

Shortly before the legislature adjourned on March 3, Rep. Salinas shared with Clackamas County Democrats her thoughts on her role in the legislature, her legislative priorities, and offered advice to women and minorities thinking of running for public office. Continue reading

Join the Hundreds Filing Now to Become PCPs

Every two years, Democrats have the opportunity to run for a public position as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP). PCPs serve as voices for their communities, vote on appointments to vacant legislative seats, and fill a key grassroots position in the Democratic Party.

Now, as we enter this critical 2018 election cycle, we want to encourage you to sign up as as a PCP. Bottom Line – the Democratic Party and our country need you to serve. We’ve had an incredible response rate from Democrats all across the state telling us they’re running to become Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs). Continue reading

Turnover in Salem Raises Questions

Rep. Andrea Salinas

Affordable housing and improved public education are key issue areas for Clackamas County’s newest state legislators. Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, has identified affordable housing as an area where she can bring her expertise and commitment, while newly minted Senator Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, has extensive experience with education policy.

Sen. Rob Wagner

The newly appointed Democratic representative and senator are filling vacancies resulting from Rep. Ann Lininger being appointed to a Clackamas County judgeship and Sen. Richard Devlin taking a position with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Continue reading

Rob Wagner Appointed to Senate District 19

The Clackamas County Democratic Party congratulates Rob Wagner, of Lake Oswego, on his appointment to Senate District 19. He will serve out the remainder of Senator Richard Devlin’s term after the senator resigned to accept an appointment by Gov. Brown to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council.

Also under consideration were Claudia Black, of Tualatin, and Daphne Wysham, of West Linn. All three candidates were selected by a nominating convention of PCPs from the three counties affected by SD 19: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington. Continue reading